TESCEA Technology Enhanced Learning Workshop
On Friday 4th October, the UMU TESCEA project held a staff development training in Technology Enhanced learning at Zebra Hotel in Masaka. In participation were staff from the academic units included in the current TESCEA scope: i.e. Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education and the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Prof. Michael Mawa opened the training from his car (parked) via zoom. He noted that there is an urgent need to recognize the relevance of technology in teaching and learning most especially with the growth of part-time and distance learning in the university.
Prof. Maxmiano Ngabirano, the TESCEA lead at Uganda Martyrs University, demonstrated in his presentation that today’s generation, the computer, web, instant messaging and online communication generation, as opposed to the Radio and TV, Typewriters, Post Office and Memos generation almost always finds themselves on the phone most of the time. You can not take people away from their phones and technology in learning enables you to find them where they are, on their phones. Instructors need to enhance their computer literacy and knowledge of IT teaching and learning tools and resources.
The topics that were covered included Learning Management Systems (Moodle, and Google Classroom), Video Editing and Screen Casting, E-portfolio development (Google Sites), Teleconferencing and online communications (Zoom).
The workshop went on for three two more days and ended on Sunday 6th of October.